<P>TXSTATE.EDU55 BIG NUMBERS, BIG FUTURE BOBCAT TRAIL CHANGES AHEAD Goodbye traf?c, hello pedestrians | BY JULIE COOPER S oon, a leisurely stroll along Bobcat Trail will be greener than ever. Gone will be the road with its traf?c, parked cars and waiting buses. Instead there will be native trees, grass, shrubbery and shaded paths of paving stones. It is part of the universitys gray-to- green initiative that has seen areas transformed from building space to grassy parks and sidewalks. One such area is between North LBJ and Moon streets, known as the Concho Green, which added pedestrian-friendly space between residence halls and academic buildings. Cost for the Bobcat Trail project is $5.48 million with an additional $6.3 million for utilities. The project architect is TGB Partners, with construction by Flynn Construction. Renovations will include areas along North LBJ and Edward Gary streets as they intersect with Bobcat Trail. The planned increase in tree cover will also provide more shade for pedestrians and a reduction in the heat island effect created by the impervious surface currently in place, according to Bill Nance, vice president for Finance and Support Services. The project is expected to be completed by December 2015. It is truly helping us to move to a pedestrian-oriented university campus. That alone is so exciting that we can instill that sense of campus life with the freshmen, says Michael Petty, director of Facilities Planning, Design and Construction. It will be a free, open space where students can mingle, go outside and eat, and form study groups. I can remember when I was in school here in 1969, there were ‘meet –and-greet dances where they would close Bobcat Trail right in front of Commons for students to have a dance and a party, he says. Traf?c will be limited to emergency vehicles, special deliveries and pick up for the recycling facilities. At the end of the spring semester the Bobcat Trail bus stop was eliminated. Six routes will be reassigned to include the Undergraduate Academic Center (UAC), the LBJ Student Center and the Quad bus loop. In addition, the homecoming soapbox derby race, traditionally down Bobcat Trail, will be moved to a new venue. One of the things that people will not see in Bobcat Trail mall is everything we are going to be doing underground, Petty says. The ?rst thing we are going to do is dig up the existing utilities and replace and upgrade them. The City of San Marcos has a system called ‘purple pipe to reclaim and repurpose water for irrigation and chill water coolers. Over the past three years every time we excavate we have been installing connections, Petty adds. Bobcat Trail is the last leg of connecting this piping from the City of San Marcos to the central plant. It is just one of many utilities that will be a part of Bobcat Trail. I think the president had great vision when she recognized we had a campus of disparate parts. There was no common thread, Petty recalls. The campus master plan blends the new construction with the existing buildings for continuity of style. He views the campus like a city and as such it has de?ned entries, edges and landmarks. This campus has great scale. Thats what Bobcat Trail is going to reinforce, he says. 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